Palm springs, wa
“We completed a successful exploration of Palm Springs within months of acquiring the project and have now delivered an impressive maiden resource. Confidence has been established in the historic drilling, allowing the classification of significant Indicated Resources at Butchers Creek based on the quality of the original data, close drill spacing, comparable/supporting results in 2020 drilling, comparisons with historic production, and the successful extension of mineralisation to the south.”
Acquired by Meteoric in March 2020, The Palm Springs Gold Project is located in the Halls Creek Orogen of Western Australia and is an advanced exploration play containing past production, spectacular drill intercepts and historic resources.
The Project includes 20km of prospective strike, covering more than 12,500ha with more than 60 known gold occurrences outside the Butchers Creek Mine – which historically produced 52,000oz gold.
Mining at the Butchers Creek mine ceased amid historically low gold prices in the late 1990s and there has been little to no modern exploration since that time.
A maiden 26 hole drilling program carried out by Meteoric confirmed and extended known gold mineralisation over 360m along strike to the south west of Butchers Creek Open Pit. The orebody is open at depth and down plunge to the south.
In June 2021 Meteoric announced its maiden Global Mineral Resource Estimate (MRE) at the Palm Springs Gold Project of 5.6 Mt @ 2.0 g/t for 357,000 oz of gold from two deposits:
– Butchers Creek (includes remaining resources below the historic Pit)
o Indicated 1.9 Mt @ 2.24 g/t for 139,000 oz Au; and
o Inferred 3.3 Mt @ 1.7g /t for 180,000 oz Au
– Golden Crown (restated under JORC 2012)
o Inferred 390 Kt @ 3.1 g/t for 38,000 oz Au
Of the MRE reported, 40% is in Indicated category which will significantly reduce planned exploration and development timelines. A large portion of the Indicated Resource at Butchers Creek occurs in the floor and beneath the historic pit, providing immediate ore for future development. The Butchers Creek Resource sits largely within granted Mining Leases, potentially cutting approval times for development.
The 2021 field program confirmed the presence of thick, robust zones of mineralisation to the south of the 2020 Mineral Resource Estimate (MRE) for Butchers Creek, confirming the orebody extends and remains open to the southwest.
These results further enhance Meteoric’s progress at Palm Springs and provide confidence to move ahead with a Scoping Study considering open pit and underground development scenarios.